Profession quarry engineer

Quarry engineers analyse which extraction methods such as excavating, drilling and blasting are most suited to extract raw materials from the ground. They develop plans before a new quarry is opened, assessing if the quarry is profitable. Quarry engineers manage the everyday operations in a quarry, create and maintain progress reports, oversee the staff, ensure health and safety and assess the environmental impact a quarry has on its environment.

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Personality Type

Knowledge

  • Mine safety legislation

    The laws, regulations and codes of practice relevant to safety in mining operations.

  • Mining engineering

    Fields of engineering relevant to mining operations. Principles, techniques, procedures and equipment used in the extraction of minerals.

  • Impact of geological factors on mining operations

    Be aware of the impact of geological factors, such as faults and rock movements, on mining operations.

  • Geology

    Solid earth, rock types, structures and the processes by which they are altered.

  • Mechanical engineering

    Discipline that applies principles of physics, engineering and materials science to design, analyse, manufacture and maintain mechanical systems.

  • Mechanics

    Theoretical and practical applications of the science studying the action of displacements and forces on physical bodies to the development of machinery and mechanical devices.

Skills

  • Ensure compliance with safety legislation

    Implement safety programmes to comply with national laws and legislation. Ensure that equipment and processes are compliant with safety regulations.

  • Procure mechanical machinery

    Procure adequate machinery. Research the market to find the best machinery, staying within budget limits, and negotiate the purchase. Maintain records.

  • Advise on geology for mineral extraction

    Provide advice of the impact of geological factors on the development of mineral production. Take into account factors such as cost, safety, and characteristics of deposits.

  • Advise on mine production

    Provide advice on the preparation of schedules and reports on mine production, facilities, systems and production processes and production rates to assess operational effectiveness.

  • Prepare technical reports

    Prepare technical reports that describe results and processes of scientific or technical research, or assess its progress. These reports help researchers to keep up to date with recent findings.

  • Advise on mine development

    Provide advice on the development and construction of mines, facilities, systems and production rates to assess operational effectiveness.

  • Write technical reports

    Compose technical customer reports understandable for people without technical background.

  • Maintain records of mining operations

    Maintain records of mine production and development performance, including performance of machinery.

  • Carry out geological explorations

    Perform exploration activities for mines and fields with the aim of analysing the properties of the area and finding ores.

Optional knowledge and skills

use a computer mechanical mine machinery manuals manage emergency procedures engineering processes design drawings address problems critically mathematics present reports electricity troubleshoot monitor mine production geological mapping install mining machinery monitor mine costs assess operating cost maintain mine machinery